Dwayne Johnson Started His Career With Only $7 In His Pocket

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He’s the highest paid actor of 2016, but Dwayne Johnson had a whole lot less when he first got to Hollywood.

The actor and wrestler, 44, was named Forbes‘ highest paid actor in 2016 thanks to his roles in the blockbuster Fast and Furious movies and the action-packed San Andreas. But Johnson had just $7 to his name when he began his career.

Johnson started out as a WWE wrestler in 1996 named The Rock and has since performed in over 400 matches, more than half of which he won.

But the Moana actor really made a name for himself as an action star once he took on the role of Luke Hobbs in the Fast and Furious movies. He’s appeared in three thus far and has an upcoming role in the eighth installment of the franchise, Fate of the Furious.

To date, the three Furious movies PEOPLE’s reigning Sexiest Man Alive has starred in have grossed close to $3 billion worldwide, while San Andreas made almost $300 million.

And in a tribute to the modest cash he had in his pocket when he started his career, Johnson has a company called $7 Bucks Productions. Watch the video above to find out all about Johnson!

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Coinage, life well spent. Presented by Geico. Named Forbes highest paid actor in 2016, Dwayne The Rock Johnson is clearly no jabroni. This WWE wrestler turned movie star's career has given him quite the payday. When he started out in the entertainment industry, the actor admits he only had $7 in his pocket. Dwayne's WWE career began in 1996. His wrestling persona of The Rock performed in over 460 matches, 58% of which he won. A bulk of his earnings came from the Fast and the Furious series. Johnson played Luke Hobbs, a secret service agent who tries to take down Vin Diesel's character. The three films Luke Hobbs appeared in made over $2 billion worldwide. His California-based disaster film, San Andreas, received an avalanche worth of dough. Aside from acting, Dwayne also runs his own company, called Seven Bucks Productions. His company worked with HBO and Mark Wahlberg to produce Ballers, 1.6 million people nationwide caught the season two premiere. Seven Bucks Productions will also release the upcoming reboot of Baywatch. With over 78 million Instagram followers and a resume of impressive work, it's clear that everyone can smell what The Rock is cooking. [MUSIC] Coinage. Life, well spent. Presented by Geico.